The Wilderness Way: Unabridged edition

By Anne Madden, Read by John Cormack

Inspired by the true events of the most notorious evictions in Irish history…

1861, Donegal, Ireland

Ten years ago Declan Conaghan’s father died in the Great Famine, and since then, Declan has kept his promise to keep his family out of the workhouse. But all that is threatened with the arrival of new landlord, John Adair. Adair is quick to cause trouble and fear among his tenants. When he turns them off his land, Declan has no option but to break his promise…

Declan is in despair until he receives a letter from America offering him the chance of a new life and salvation for his family. But it would mean signing up to the US Army and fighting for Lincoln. Despite knowing nothing of war, or US politics, Declan leaves behind all he knows.

Set against the wild landscapes of Ireland and the turbulent times of the American Civil War, this sweeping narrative takes us on an epic journey to understand the strength and endurance of the human spirit.

Praise for Anne Madden:

‘The author seems to have put all her love into this book … this historical fiction story is exceptional’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A moving and fascinating historical fiction story that I could not put down!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This has to be another of my ‘best reads’ for 2023’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A gripping, realistic tale. Highly recommend.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I’ve been waiting for a book like this’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A solid book club pick!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Format: Digital Audiobook
Release Date: 07 Dec 2023
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-865944-8
Detailed Edition: Unabridged edition
Anne Madden is a Modern History graduate from Somerville College, Oxford, where her special subject was Slavery, Emancipation and the American Civil War. She has worked as a news journalist for The Irish News and Belfast Telegraph, and in communications for a number of charities. She lives with her partner and dog in her home city of Belfast, where she is learning to speak Irish and enjoys cycling. The Wilderness Way is her first novel.